Presentation on theme: "So You Want To Be A Doctor?"— Presentation transcript:
1So You Want To Be A Doctor? What we will be covering:Pre-requisite coursesGPAVolunteeringClinical experienceExtracurricular activitiesResearchLetters of RecommendationMCAT prepMCATCommittee ReviewApplicationInterviewsPre-match/ Match/ Waitlists
2Why Should You Listen To Us? We both received multiple interviews at top medical schools in Texas including:UT Southwestern Medical School in DallasUT Houston School of MedicineUniversity of Texas Medical Branch at GalvestonUniversity of Texas Health Science Center at San AntonioTexas A&M Health Science CenterTexas Tech School of Medicine- LubbockTexas Tech University Paul L. Foster School of Medicine – El PasoReceived multiple early acceptance offersMCAT scores 30 & 34.Both GPAs 3.6+Clinical experience:Homeless clinic coordinatorEmergency Room Technician ~ 2500 hoursScribeMultiple shadowing experiencesCombined ~ 2000 hours volunteering
3What Classes Do I Need To Take To Apply To Medical School? These classes are universal to almost any medical school in the country. Basically, no matter which medical school you intend to apply to the requirements will be very similar to the following.One course such as Biosciences I or General Chemistry I counts as 3 semester hours. Most labs are 1 semester hour, some are 2.6 semester hours of English14 semester hours of Biology + Biology labs8 semester hours of General Chemistry+ General Chemistry labs8 semester hours of Physics + Physics labs8 semester hours of Organic Chemistry + Organic Chemistry lab3 semester hours of Statistics or Calculus*3 semester hours of Biochemistry*** Some schools require statistics, and wont take calculus as a substitute, these schools are UT- San Antonio, Texas A&M HSC, Texas Tech- Lubbock and TCOM** UT- San Antonio and Texas Tech- Lubbock require biochemistry, the other Texas medical schools strongly recommend it.
4Data for matriculated applicants What GPA/MCAT Do I Need To Be Competitive For Medical Schools In Texas?Data for matriculated applicantsGPA% MatriculatedMCAT4.00 – 3.5179%36+7%3.50 – 3.0119%30-3546%< 3.011%24-2943%< 243%
5Letters of Recommendation Who do I get letters from?Science professorsOther professorswork supervisorsResearch principal investigators (PIs)Doctors you shadowed or worked withVolunteer coordinatorsHow do I go about getting them?earn an A in your professor of interest classregularly visit them during office hoursask doctors that you’ve shadowed for a significant amount of timeask work supervisors/volunteer coordinators/PIs who you have a positive relationship with, and have known for some time
6Volunteering Consistency is the key do more hours with fewer organizations to show commitmentfor example: 3 hours a week x 50 weeks a year x 3 years = 450 hours!!!Some common volunteering locations include:hospitals (Emergency room, ICU, floors, etc)Habitat for humanitySalvation ArmyUniversity organizations (VOICES)
7Clinical ExperienceClinical experience is important to show medical schools that you understand the role of a physician and their daily duties. It is also important to demonstrate that you can handle the intense environment of healthcare.Some common ways to gain clinical experience include:Shadowing physiciansworking as a Physician ScribeEMT-BER TechnicianCNAVolunteering in a hospital/ ER
8Extracurricular Activities Some common extracurriculars of successful applicants include (and is not limited to)Pre-Med SocietiesLeadership positions in student organizations (Pre-Med Society officer or other student organization officer position)Interesting hobbiesnon-healthcare related work experienceTutoring- Anything meaningful that you spend a significant amount of time doing
9ResearchResearch is not essential but it is looked favorably upon by most medical schools, especially top tier medical schools.Research is important to medical schools because medicine is founded on scientific principles which involve critical thinking and investigation. Its important to be familiar with the scientific process and to develop deductive reasoning skills.Some common ways to get research include:Approach professors whose subject interest youapply for university sponsored research programstalk to and apply to local medical schools who may be looking for people to fill research positions
10MCAT PreparationIdeally, begin studying for the MCAT during your junior year, either during the summer or if you can expertly manage your time, during your junior spring semester2-3 months or until you are consistently getting the score you want on AAMC practice examsYou do NOT need a prep course, however, it is recommended for those who can afford it and need structure.
11MCATBuy official AAMC practice MCAT exams, they are the only reliable and official practice exams that will let you know what you are most likely to get on the real exam. Do not take the exam until you are consistently getting the scores you want on the practice tests. MCAT scores are permanently recorded and cannot get expunged therefore several poor attempts will not look favorable on your application.
12Committee ReviewMost medical schools require a health professions committee review packet, if your college offers it. If you do not get this packet it may be a red flag on your application.Make appointments with the health professions advisors to get familiar with the advisors and help them write a stronger letter for youPlan a health committee review appointment one month prior to taking the MCAT. It can be a lengthy process.
13ApplicationAPPLY AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE! TMDSAS opens may 1st, spring transcripts come out around may 15, this is the earliest you can submit. Anything after July is considered late Oct. 1 is the official deadline Applying late decreases your chances of landing interviews due to increasing number of competitive applicants during the later months of the application season Application is lengthy, give yourself a few weeks to complete
14InterviewsInterviews are typically offered August through December. Most Texas interviews are relaxed and conversational, HOWEVER, be prepared for healthcare policy, ethical issues, and stress interviews Dress professionally, i.e., suit and tie, no sports coats or khakis, Sperry’s, etc Do mock interviews, rehearse in front of a mirror, relax, and if you want research current health policy events
15The Match Process Texas participates in a match system You must rank the schools you’ve interviewed at by Jan 21.If a school pre-matches you then it is a guaranteed acceptance if you so choose to attend that school. You can hold as many pre-matches as you’d like coming into the match.Feb. 1 is match days and TMDSAS releases which school you matched to based on your rankings and how the schools ranked you. You automatically withdraw from any school you ranked lower than the school you matched toIf you match to a lower ranked school you can still get off the waitlist at a higher ranked school but it is not likely.